Originally Posted by Sulaco
My understanding is that it's ok to use the name (as long as it's not slandering the actress etc) but I'm unsure about using the film footage. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Yep, you're free to use the name in a non-defamatory way but all her films are going to be protected by copyright, so you'd have to seek permission and then, potentially, exchange money...etc. All in all, for a short, it's probably not worth it.
I'm sure you can think of a creative way to get around this problem without having to actually show the films.